Goodies For Your Kids

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I know today parenting seems to be much more complex than ever.  One of the main differences I always seem to encounter is the question of how parents handle their kids eating treats, or “junk food.”  I feel like it goes in some many disparate ways.  You have some parents who’s kids have soda (gasp) and chips all the time and some that freak if their kids have a cupcake at a party.  We try to limit the intake, to be honest, because we just don’t want the kids to get chubby and un-healthy.  At the same time, we want them to be kids and enjoy life as a kid.  It is so simple, so pure, so filled with joy, we would hate to stamp out that free-ness.  They certainly get their sweets and treats for sure simply because you can’t seem avoid it. There is always a party, a playdate, an in-class birthday, or something else where there’s goodies all around.  What do you do?  Deprive them when everyone else is chowing down?  Is that the right thing to do?  It’s tough to strike a balance sometimes.  We try to be fair and let them pick and choose, but not gorge themselves.  Sure, they always ask, in many ways many times, but you have to be strong if that’s how you want to play it. We don’t have any problems saying the magic word “No” but some people seem to.  I think of this as Liam came home with chocolate all over his face – a victim of the birthday at school cupcake fairy.  He was so cute and messy, how can you be angry???

What do you think?  How do you play it?

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